Disney is making a change for the better by updating the Jungle Cruise ride at its bicoastal theme parks, removing “negative depictions” of indigenous peoples.
The entertainment giant announced the news on Monday, explaining that the Jungle Cruise is being reimagined at both Disney World in Orlando, Fla. and the still-shuttered Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. The original Jungle Cruise ride first opened at Disneyland in 1955, and has long been criticized as racially insensitive for its depiction of indigenous peoples.
The Orange County Register reports that Imagineers will update the aquatic attraction’s scenes involving shrunken head dealer Trader Sam, and a rhino chasing a safari tour group up a tree.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Trader Sam is a “dark-skinned man today outfitted in straw tribal wear” who beckons that he’ll trade “two of his heads for one of yours.” Meanwhile, the current rhinoceros scene features a white traveler atop a tree trunk, as “native safari guides” cling “in a more perilous position.”
Moving forward, a rendering for the new rhino scene “solely features hapless participants of a previous Jungle Cruise boat tour,” the LA Times reports.